If you’re a professional in the market for a new job-site table saw, you’ve probably considered Brands like Bosch, SkillSaw, Makita, and DeWalt. Is the mid-range yellow brand table saw your next purchase? This review should give you a good idea about the good, the bad and the ugly concerning the DeWalt DWE7491RS Job-site table saw.
With an industry-high rip capacity of 32-inches, rack and pinion fencing system, onboard storage and a good portable stand the DeWalt DWE7491RS is, in my opinion, one of the best job-site table saws on the market today.
What’s included with the DWE7491RS:
- DWE7491RS Job site table saw
- 10-inch Carbide-Tipped Blade 24T
- Rolling stand
- Push Stick
- Miter Guage
Before we look at the cutting capacity and all the features this stand has here are some of my personal findings.
Just two days after ordering my package arrived. Many power tools have hard-to-read instructions, this wasn’t one of them. The assembly was easy and quick, in a bit over half an hour I had the table saw put together and ready for testing.
My first impression in this DWE7491RS Review? I’m loving the rip fence scale, it’s super accurate. Having a high rip capacity is a plus but I feel like I won’t be using it much. The included miter gauge is low quality, luckily I had an aftermarket one on hand.
The DeWalt DWE7491RS runs on a 2 horsepower, 15 amp motor and has a no-load speed of 4800rpm. Which is far higher than most job site table saws in the market. It also has an impressive market highest (for a job-site table saw) 32-inch rip capacity on the right side of the saw. On the left side, the max rip capacity is 22 inches.
Accepts up to 8” dado blades. (not compatible with hardy dado blades)
Maximum cut depth 2-¼ – 3-⅛ in
DWE7491RS Notable Features
Included Rolling Stand
As with most job-site table saws on the market, the DWE7491RS comes with a rolling stand included in the box. The wheels are pretty heavy-duty and capable of handling rough terrain and even staircases I experienced no problems with. Besides the easy transportation, you can store you saw upright in its folded position in your van to save space. The same goes for your workshop of course.
The stand itself is sturdy enough so that it doesn’t wobble if you accidentally push it forward during a cut. There’s a slight wobble on the sides but that’s not really an issue.
What I didn’t like about the stand is that the saw is bolted on. If you want to remove it, you need to get your screwdriver out. While this doesn’t take up too much time, it’s still slightly annoying and not something I would expect from a table saw in this price range.
Rack & Pinion Telescoping Fence System
Yes, DeWalt it sounds fancy but what does it mean..? Well, the rack and pinion system is designed to extend and retract your fence all using a knob that’s located underneath the table. Turning this knob moves the fence rails to the left or right which you can then lock in using a lever.
The benefit this brings is that it ensures that once your fence is installed and squared, you never have to worry about the fence needing adjustment. Whether you move it left or right, it will remain square.
The fence also comes with a built-in swinging arm. The big advantage this offers is that you can use the flip-over base to support your workpiece, which is handy when you’re working with longer stock. This flip-over feature also makes making thin cuts easier.
Onboard storage on DWE7491RS
Modern-day manufacturers such as DeWalt and Bosch have started offering onboard storage on their job site table saws and it’s something I seriously cannot live without anymore. The DWE7491RS is no different, this job-site table saw comes with onboard storage for just about every component except for extra blades, which is kind of a bummer. Competitors such as the Bosch 4100-10 do come with the ability to store extra blade.
Table saws produce a lot of sawdust, you don’t want this around your workshop, garage or on some job sites. For this, a 2 1/2 inch dust port is included on the back of the saw that you can hook up to your shop vac. There is a secondary dust port 1 1/4 inch dust port on top of the blade guard for even cleaner dust extraction.
As I’ve mainly used this saw on job-sites I have little experience regarding the dust collection.
Dust collection works well once you find the right fittings to attach it to a 2 1/2 inch hose. Shame on you Dewalt for not providing an adapter. I finally had to rig up a couple of fittings, reducers and use a lot of duct tape to get a good fit.
What I like about the DWE7491RS
- High rip capacity of 32-inches
- Dual dust collection for a far cleaner workspace
- Onboard Storage
What I don’t like
- Not possible to store extra blades on the saw
- Table saw is bolted to the stand. No easy and quick removal
Included Safety Measures
Smart Guard System: blade guard and riving knife removal is tool-free with a simple pull of the lever on the front of the saw.
Caution: Always read the safety instructions in the manual of your table saw, even if you have used one before. If you have never worked with a table saw before, watch this video to get acquainted with the necessary safety measures.
Comparison with predecessor
This table saw was completely redesigned and heavily improved in both safety measures and cutting capacity. For safety, DeWalt redesigned the red power switch to be electronic. It automatically resets the saw to turn off if the power is interrupted whatever the cause. I’ve heard some job-site horror stories regarding table saws who weren’t turned off properly so this redesign was very much needed.
The saw also received a huge speed boost from 3850rpm to 4800rpm over its predecessor, on top of that they increased the rip capacity to 32-inches.
DeWalt DWE7491RS vs Bosch 4100-10 job site table saw
Both the DeWalt DWE7491RS and the Bosch 4100-10 my brother reviewed recently, are in the same price category.
Here are some of the differences:
- No-load speed: The DeWalt DWE7491RS has a no-load speed of 4800RPM while the Bosch 4100-10 only runs at 3650RPM.
- Rip Capacity: DeWalt has a higher rip capacity (record-high) of 32 inches, while the Bosch tops out at 25 inches.
- Portability: Bosch Gravity-Rise stand has a more premium design than the stand the DeWalt DWE7491RS comes with
- Both come with handy on-board storage for every component
- Both come with a rollable stand for easy job-site access and transportation
The winner: For me, the DeWalt DWE7491RS is the clear winner in this case. The higher rip capacity and no-load speed it comes with are more important to me than having a more portable, premium stand coming with the table saw.
You can read our review on the Bosch 4100-10 here.
DWE7491RS Review – Final Conclusion
The rack and pinion system, increased rip capacity, high no-load speed, and wheelable stand makes the DeWalt DWE7491RS a great table saw for job-site use. At a very fair price point, you are getting more than what you’re paying for. That’s why the reviews on both the DeWalt website and Amazon are overwhelmingly positive.
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